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    Advice for new quilters....

    Thought this was a good resource to have. Too many sites out there think that you already know what they are talking about, and as a new quilter myself, I'm often left scratching my head and wondering WTH?

    So let's talk about those little pearls that you would pass on if you were teaching someone to quilt. What kind of mistakes have you learned from? What little tricks do you do that help you?
    Michele

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    I'll start.

    Faster really is better - You should sew as fast as you are able to and still control the fabric. Believe it or not, going faster actually helps you keep the stitching straight. It makes the feed dogs do the work rather than you trying to push the fabric through and messing up the stitches. But - only go as fast as you can without the piece getting away from you and running off track or not being able to keep up with it.

    Pinning - I always use more pins than I think I need. This helps me keep things straight as I sew. I also make sure to pin on both sides of butting seams when matching corners for pinwheels, block joining, etc.

    Fabric - Always make sure you know what needle/thread/tension combination is best for the fabric that you are working with. Typically 100% cotton is what is used in quilting, but not all cottons are created equal. Make sure that you know the weight and density of your cotton when choosing your needle and thread.

    Equipment - There are some things that you need, and some that are optional but very helpful. In the optional but helpful catagory: walking foot, 1/4" presser foot, long clear ruler that is at least 6" wide and at least 18" long, thread snips (to cut threads rather than big scissors at your machine).



    I'm sure there are more things...but it's time to run for supper. TTFN
    Michele

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      #3
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      thought of something else...always press...always always....even when you don't want to. and always press in the same direction consistently. it helps keep your seams less bulky and easier to match up.
      Michele

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        #4
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        All your advice is fabulous! Thanks for sharing all the great tips!

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          Originally posted by shell.scraps
          thought of something else...always press...always always....even when you don't want to. and always press in the same direction consistently. it helps keep your seams less bulky and easier to match up.

          I agree!!! Pressing is SOSOSOSOSO important!! Plus it warms you up in the winter! tehehe! have you ever used Mary Ellens Best Pressed stuff!?!?!? I love it!! I have some more on order and it will be in the shop soon. Seriously, awesome stuff!!

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            #6
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            Originally posted by sewhot
            have you ever used Mary Ellens Best Pressed stuff!?!?!? I love it!! I have some more on order and it will be in the shop soon. Seriously, awesome stuff!!
            I haven't tried any of the sprays yet...but I've heard great things about Best Pressed as well as the basting spray that comes in the big pink can...can't remember the name...
            Michele

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              Something else that is funny to me.......My Mom was saying that she read patterns and they always referred to WOF....she finally had the guts to ask another quilting friend what the heck wof meant. (you know, she pronounced it like a dog barking!!) HAhahahahahaha!!

              So for you new quilter's WOF = Width of Fabric!! I still crack up about that! I am glad she clued me in, cause I am pretty sure I would just have assumed quilters were obsessed with their dogs!

              Good times, good times!!

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                Haha! Mom just told me to tell about WOF (woof) she's starting to bark at Jack (my baby) to because of it

                For my own tips hmm... Make sure your sewing to 1/4 of an inch. Often people just sew to the edge of their presser foot and that is not always 1/4" (if you do this make sure you finish on the same machine you started on since your measurement won't be exact)

                you don't have to backstitch at the beginning of a seam because you will most likely be cutting it again anyway and the seam will be secured when the blocks are sewn together. Pressing also sets the seam and it helps secure the stitches as well

                Advice... I don't have alot... I'm just starting this too I'm finding there's often more than one way to do things and that's OK! I'm also finding it's important to take the time to finish things well... such as matching seams & points and binding correctly instead of rolling the backing over. You'll be much happier with it and it really looks alot better. that's all for now but Ill be watching to see what else comes up!
                To stitch or not to stitch... There is no question.

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                  #9
                  Re: Advice for new quilters....

                  thought of another...when you are cutting remember that the piece you are keeping should be under your ruler. That way if you mis-cut it can be salvaged.
                  Michele

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                    #10
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                    Good advice!! I hadn't thought about that! Just hope you don't need every single inch of space if there is a miscut

                    So more advice... have a little extra fabric!
                    To stitch or not to stitch... There is no question.

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                      One of the most time saving things I have learned to do is to chain stitch my pieces together. It not only saves time, but also prevents you from having to lift your presser foot and I would think saves thread in the long run. I think it's fun to pull out that long train of attached fabric when you're done too!

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                        #12
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                        My mother in law always does this too! Great advice!

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                          #13
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                          I try to chain stitch as often as I can. I agree, I think in it saves thread.

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                            #14
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                            Originally posted by piecemaker
                            One of the most time saving things I have learned to do is to chain stitch my pieces together. It not only saves time, but also prevents you from having to lift your presser foot and I would think saves thread in the long run. I think it's fun to pull out that long train of attached fabric when you're done too!
                            I agee on this advice. I totally love to chain stitch pieces together. Jenny taught me how on a Missouri Star Quilt Company tutorial. I had heard of it before, but didn't know how to do it. Thank you Jenny
                            sigpic www.seejaysnotes.blogspot.com

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                              #15
                              Re: Advice for new quilters....

                              Originally posted by stitchywoman
                              Haha! Mom just told me to tell about WOF (woof) she's starting to bark at Jack (my baby) to because of it

                              For my own tips hmm... Make sure your sewing to 1/4 of an inch. Often people just sew to the edge of their presser foot and that is not always 1/4" (if you do this make sure you finish on the same machine you started on since your measurement won't be exact)

                              you don't have to backstitch at the beginning of a seam because you will most likely be cutting it again anyway and the seam will be secured when the blocks are sewn together. Pressing also sets the seam and it helps secure the stitches as well

                              Advice... I don't have alot... I'm just starting this too I'm finding there's often more than one way to do things and that's OK! I'm also finding it's important to take the time to finish things well... such as matching seams & points and binding correctly instead of rolling the backing over. You'll be much happier with it and it really looks alot better. that's all for now but Ill be watching to see what else comes up!
                              Since I'm just starting out I'm not quite sure what this means. Can anyone help me out?

                              binding correctly instead of rolling the backing over.

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